The region’s biggest Memorial Day observances are in the San Francisco Presidio. (Courtesy Charity Vargas)

The region’s biggest Memorial Day observances are in the San Francisco Presidio. (Courtesy Charity Vargas)

May 29-30: Presidio Memorial Day Commemoration, Cypress Lawn Service, American history walking tour, Conservatory of Flowers, Circo Hermanos Caballero, The Shining Backwards and Forwards, 49 Mile Scenic Drive talk


Presidio Memorial Day 2017 Commemoration & Parade
: The event begins with a march featuring veterans and the Army Band, followed by a ceremony at the National Cemetery, a 21-gun salute and community picnic in the Main Post area. [10:30 a.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio, S.F.]

Cypress Lawn Memorial Day Service: Family, friends and the public are invited to the 19th annual commemoration paying tribute to veterans for their heroic service; special guest is Purple Heart recipient, Eldridge “Eric” Hubert, a corporal in the U.S. Army 79th Infantry in World War II. [1 p.m., Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, 1370 El Camino Real, Colma]

American history walking tour
: The S.F. City Guides-sponsored event is led by Patrick Sanchez and Nancy Rios, who tell the stories behind the statues, plaques amd monuments in Golden Gate Park. [1 p.m., meet at Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Conservatory of Flowers: The historical landmark, which offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants, is open for the Memorial Day holiday. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park., S.F.]

Circo Hermanos Caballero: The family show, of comedy and circus acts including amazing trapeze artists — and no animals — concludes a five-day run. [7:30 p.m., behind JC Penney, Shops at Tanforan, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Sh*t-Kickin’ Memorial Day Party: The 22nd annual bash boasts lives music (Smelly Kelley & Friends, 77 El Deora, The Evangenitals and Angelica Rockne) and barbecue while it lasts. [4 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

The Shining Backwards and Forwards: The experiment by John Fell Ryan — who appears via Skype — plays Stanley Kubrick’s film classic forwards and backwards at the same time on the same screen, creating bizarre juxtapositions; Rodney Ascher, director of the documentary “Room 237” about “The Shining,” also comments, via Skype. [8:30 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Pint Sized Plays-Date Night: The free festival presents short plays by Bay Area playwrights that take place in a bar and involve love — and characters drinking beer. [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]


Kristine Poggioli, Carolyn Eidson: The authors of “Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive” — who did it over a year — speak about their journey and their book in a San Francisco History Association presentation. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Nancy Pelosi: The House Democratic leader appears in a Commonwealth Club-presented conversation on “The State of America” with Scott Shafer, senior editor, California politics and government desk at KQED. [Noon, Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, 1 Nob Hill Circle, S.F.]

Igor Josifov: The performance artist who works with fire closes his month long installation, “Continuum.” [6 p.m., InSpace Curatorial Pop Up , 218 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Dr. Robert Pearl: The Kaiser Permanente medical chief, author of “Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care–And Why We’re Usually Wrong” speaks on “getting the mistakes out of health care. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Louis Katz: The comedic, who mixes high- and low-brow material, says on his website, “Louis Katz is your mother’s favorite comedian.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Amy Goldstein: The Washington Post writer’s book “Janesville: An American Story,” is an account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors’ assembly plant in Wisconsin; she appears in conversation with UC Berkeley sociology professor Arlie Russell, author of “Strangers in Their Own Land.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

The Moth-True Stories Told Love
: Participants in the program tell five-minute tales on the topic of “cosmic justice.” [6 to 9 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]
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